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Tuesday
Sep062011

The Same But Different

The time I spent not shooting recently gave me time to reflect. I thought about how post-processing, especially when tonemapping an HDR image, can have as much (possibly more) to do with the final image than the actual image captured in camera. The photographer and the post-processor are usually one and the same. But I thought I'd try to separate the two. I took an image of mine as reference point so we could celebrate the differences that post-processing can make to the exact same set of pixels. 
 
I proposed that a fun little experiment to some friends. I offered up an eight-image bracket set of one of my photographs for them do their magic--whatever that may be.  They processed the images according to their sense of aesthetics. This is not about who's processing is "better," but rather about seeing how each of us interpret the exact same image.  Keep in mind that some of the players in this little game of ours might never shoot an image like the one handed to them, so they might be out of their element with what they were handed.  Regardless they all did an impressive job. I'm glad we did this exercise.  It gave me a different perspective on my own work.  I hope you enjoy this little experiment. Here's what we came up with.  Click on each image for a larger version.
 
 
Post-processing by Tod Grubbs http://BeeCreekPhotography.comPost-processing by Tod Grubbs http://BeeCreekPhotography.com
 
 
Post-processing by Van Sutherland http:\\exileimaging.wordpress.comPost-processing by Van Sutherland http:\\exileimaging.wordpress.com
 
 
Post-processing by Jim Nix http://www.nomadicpursuits.com
Post-processing by Jim Nix http://www.nomadicpursuits.com
 
 
Post-processing by Michael Connell http://www.txshooter.com
Post-processing by Michael Connell http://www.txshooter.com
 
 
Post-processing by Rusty Jackson http://www.terra360.com
Post-processing by Rusty Jackson http://www.terra360.com
 
 
Post-processing by Andy (ATMTX) http://www.atmtxphoto.com
Post-processing by Andy (ATMTX) http://www.atmtxphoto.com
 
 
Post-processing by Peter Talke http://places2explore.wordpress.comPost-processing by Peter Talke http://places2explore.wordpress.com
 
 
Post-processing by Yves Vandervennet http://www.flickr.com/photos/yvdv/Post-processing by Yves Vandervennet http://www.flickr.com/photos/yvdv/
 
 
Post-processing by Dave Wilson http://davewilsonphotography.com
Post-processing by Dave Wilson http://davewilsonphotography.com
 
 
And my own version of this image is
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
Tuesday
Apr192011

Seaholm Basement

This was in the first level down at the Seaholm Power Plant.  Andy and I had just walked in from being outside on the roof and started down into the depths of the power plant when this spot of light hitting the red floor caught my eye.  Andy too was drawn to this light.  The light reflected off of the floor threw a red cast over the area.  I should mention that the further down you went into the basement of Seaholm, the spookier it got.  This was only the first level down, but I could hear the chirps of bats in the basement.  It was a much different vibe than the Springtime sound of the birds tweeting in the grand hall above. 

This is an HDR (high dynamic range) photograph.  It is comprised of several exposures, from very light to very dark.  These exposures are combined in software to create an image with the dynamic range to show details in the brightest highlights and the darkest of shadows.  I hope you enjoy viewing this image half as much as I enjoyed making it.  Click the image to view a larger version.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Sunday
Apr172011

Power Plant Posing

The graceful Victoria posed for us at the Holly Street Power Plant on Monday.  Nothing goes together better than elegant models and grungy power plants.  It's like chocolate and peanut butter.  OK, not really, but they do make for a good juxtaposition.  What are your thoughts?

 

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Thursday
Apr142011

Austin Power

I've recently been fortunate to have been invited to photograph Austin's decommissioned power plants, both the Holly Street Power Plant and Seaholm Power Plant.  The image below is from Seaholm Power Plant.  In this stairwell you can see the iconic glass bricks that motorists see as they drive down Cesar Chavez Street.  Like some of the like some of the others photographing with me that day (see here and here) I flipped the image so you could read the signage meant for the viewers outside the facility.  

 

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

With me shooting on Sunday were six powerhouse photographers many of whom are know for their HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography: ATMTX, Van Sutherland, Michael Tuuk, Mike Connell, Steven Ng and Dave Wilson. Collectively, we are part of a lunch group that we affectionately call the "HDR Mafia."

 

Sunday
Mar062011

Holly Street Power Plant

This past Friday I was able to join a great group of, mostly HDR (High Dynamic Range), photographers on a fun adventure.  Thanks to Mike Connell (read the backstory here), we had the opportunity to tour and photograph the decommissioned Holly Street Power Plant.  The power plant is set to be deconstructed in a matter of months.  

This first image I feel properly conveys the amount of rust I saw at the power plant.  I was struck by the sign and the realization that people must crawl into that opening.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger view.

 

I arrived late and only had about an hour to photograph the place.  I mostly concentrated on details details here and there.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger view.

I had never heard of a "flame scanner" but it sounded cool.  

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger view.

I would love to get the opportunity to go back and shoot there again before this bit of Austin history disappears forever.